District: 17th District Political Highlights: U.S. House, 2011-13; defeated for re-election to U.S. House, 2012 Born: Jan. 23, 1964; Rock Island, Ill. Residence: Colona Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Christie Schilling; ten children Education: Black Hawk College, attended 1982-83 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (1st term) Committee Assignments: Agriculture (General Farm Commodities & Risk Management; Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology & Foreign Agriculture); Armed Services (Intelligence, Emerging Threats & Capabilities; Readiness); Small Business (Agriculture, Energy & Trade; Economic Growth, Tax & Capital Access; Health and Technology)
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.